Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Counting the cost

Just one more day and we'll be able to tot up every little bit of expense throughout the year. We wanted to carry out this exercise to see roughly how much we'll need to live on while in France.  It's quite exciting!

Of course, we have always budgeted and have always been frugal, but this year we wanted everything to be counted...even things costing 20p bought at jumble sales.

There are things which are big spends and not altogether essential but I think that is because our children have all left home and we are both working. It has been really nice not to have to think twice for once (if that makes sense).

I've also given thought regarding the social, emotional and spiritual cost of 2009 which will have a bearing on personal goals set for 2010.  Tomorrow I'll be sharing one or two.

Come on 2010...I'm ready for you.


  1. I am ready too, I hate this in between time!

  2. Keeping schedules of expenses can be quite obsessive once you begin. It is something I never used to do but, a few years ago, we suddenly found ourselves short of money one month and couldn't understand what had happened. After that I began keeping a cash book of every single expense over the month and it has been so useful - I wish I'd done it years ago.

    Anyway, Ken old thing, a Happy New Year to you and your lovely family and see you in the new one.